Impractical Jokers: The Movie review by Bobby Blakey
I have been a hardcore Impractical Joker fan for years not only watching the new episodes every week, but keeping the show in constant rotation in reruns pretty often around the house. I had the joy of seeing one of their Tenderloins live shows a couple of years ago which was awesome so you can imagine my excitement of finding out they were doing a feature film. Can they bring the magic of friendship and pranks to the big screen or will it be a big thumbs down?
Impractical Jokers: The Movie follows the story of a humiliating high school mishap from 1992 that sends the Impractical Jokers on the road competing in hidden-camera challenges for the chance to turn back the clock and redeem three of the four Jokers. I wasn’t quite sure how they were going to structure the film but assumed it would be more like Jackass just going right in with the challenges, but they did a bit more and it worked. They have incorporated a primary story to set up the reason behind doing the challenges that are then played up just like the series albeit on a bigger scale at times.
Everything you love about the show is here despite not a lot of the more popular running gags being here. Sure there are some of them, but others that I had hoped might make some sort of appearance in some fashion just didn’t make the cut. Much like the series not all the pranks deliver the heavy laughs, but all entertain. As the film moves forward they get bigger and more over the top as they should. If I had any real complain is that they didn’t go quite as big as I thought they might for a film outside of just a couple of them. That doesn’t ruin the movie or anything because it still delivers everything I wanted and expected.
All the guys get the chance to shine in both aspects of the film. I was surprised how well the storyline works with some fun running gags and great banter with the guys. There are some over the top silly elements but they clearly know it and just got with it. If you are not a fan of the series then this is not the film for you, but if like me you love everything about these four friends and the show then be sure to get out there and support the four lifelong friends who compete and clearly love embarrassing each other.